That time private US media companies stepped in to silence the falsehoods and incitements of a major public figure ... in 1938

Father Coughlin’s bully pulpit. Fotosearch/Getty Images In speeches filled with hatred and falsehoods, a public div attacks his enemies and calls for marches on Washington. Then, after one particularly virulent address, private media companies close down his channels of communication, prompting consternation from his supporters and calls for a code of conduct to filter out violent rhetoric. Sound familiar? Well, this was 1938, and the individual in question was Father Charles E. Coughlin, a Nazi-sympathizing Catholic priest with unfettered access to America’s vast radio audiences. The firms si…

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